How Much Sugar?

Easter

  • 11 Apr 2011 9:56 PM
    Message # 568744
    Hi. I've been sugar-free for five weeks and I'm loving it! However, with Easter just around the corner I'm just wondering what everyone else is going to do to cope with all that chocolate temptation everywhere?
  • 12 Apr 2011 4:14 AM
    Reply # 568875 on 568744
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    Angela Findlay wrote: Hi. I've been sugar-free for five weeks and I'm loving it! However, with Easter just around the corner I'm just wondering what everyone else is going to do to cope with all that chocolate temptation everywhere?

    Hi Angela

    I bought a sugar-free (carob) easter egg from the health food shop..... it was disgusting!
    I'm going to make some cocoa-based treat such as brownies or mousse etc with dextrose, and indulge in that!

    Good luck,
    Michelle
  • 12 Apr 2011 6:32 AM
    Reply # 568906 on 568744
    It's the hot cross buns I'll miss. But not going to risk it this year. I keep smelling them as people heat them up, spicey sultana-ey yumminess. :(
  • 14 Apr 2011 4:05 AM
    Reply # 570372 on 568744
    Yes, I'm thinking I'll make some of the fudge I found in the recipe section.

    As for hot cross buns - I'm gluten intolerant- so shouldn't miss them too much.

    Is there any acceptable level of dried fruit? I don't expect there is. I wonder how buns would go with something like berries in them? Maybe blueberries, or would the concentration of sugar still be too high?
  • 23 Apr 2011 2:32 AM
    Reply # 575828 on 568744
    i just made some caramel :) very sweet so you can only eat tiny amounts (I used Janelle's caramel icecream recipe, but instead of continuing with the recipe where it says 'add one cup of milk to the caramel', I mixed a bit of the caramel with some cornflour and cooked for a bit longer.
  • 24 Apr 2011 5:48 PM
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    Angela Findlay wrote: Hi. I've been sugar-free for five weeks and I'm loving it! However, with Easter just around the corner I'm just wondering what everyone else is going to do to cope with all that chocolate temptation everywhere?

    Hi Angela,

    I make these all the time, they are yummy
    chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-chews_

    Also here is a recipe I used for hot cross buns, and they turned out really good.  I did add the sultanas because my husband couldn't bear the thought of no sultanas, but I picked them out as I ate them :-)
    I must mention that I have never made buns before.

    Breadmaker Hot Cross Buns

    Cooking Time: 20 min

    Serves: 16

    Ingredients: 

    Dough

    1 egg
    40g margarine
    310ml water (I used about ½ milk ½ water)
    60g dextrose
    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    520g plain flour
    2 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
    ¾ cup sultanas
    1 tablespoon plain flour, extra

    Crosses

    80g plain flour
    80ml water
    1 teaspoon dextrose

    Glaze

    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon dextrose

    Method: 

    1.Place all dough ingredients into bread pan except sultanas and extra flour in the order listed. Place pan into bread machine. Select dough cycle.


    2.Toss sultanas in extra flour; place in breadmaker 15 minutes after cycle has started (some breadmakers will have a 15 minute timer).


    3.Preheat oven to 200°c. Lightly grease a baking tray.


    4.Once cycle has finished; remove dough form breadmaker onto a lightly floured bench top. Lightly knead then divide dough into 16 balls. 5.Place balls close together onto tray; cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.


    6.Combine flour, water and sugar to make paste for crosses. Place paste in a piping bag and pipe crosses onto each bun.


    7.Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.


    8.Meanwhile, combine water and sugar  in a microwave jug and heat on Medium for 1-2 minutes or until warm. Brush over hot buns.


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  • 25 Apr 2011 6:54 AM
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    Suzanne A wrote:
    Hi Angela,

    I make these all the time, they are yummy
    chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-chews_



    Hi Suzanne

    I had a look at your recipe linked above and I love the idea, but I loathe coconut.  It seems to be in just about every dextrose dessert recipe I've come across :-(

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute or a way I could make the chews without the coconut?

    Cheers
    Michelle
  • 25 Apr 2011 4:59 PM
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    Michelle Austin wrote:
    Suzanne A wrote:
    Hi Angela,

    I make these all the time, they are yummy
    chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-chews_



    Hi Suzanne

    I had a look at your recipe linked above and I love the idea, but I loathe coconut.  It seems to be in just about every dextrose dessert recipe I've come across :-(

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute or a way I could make the chews without the coconut?

    Cheers
    Michelle
    Hi Michelle,

    Years ago someone gave me a recipe for chocolate things (can't quite remember what they were), they used those 5 minute noodles in them, and from memory, they tasted all right, so you could try substituting the instant noodles for the shredded coconut.  But you will probably still have to use the coconut oil.  (maybe you could substitute cocoa butter, but it is quite expensive to buy)  To me the coconut peanut butter chews do not taste to coconutty.
  • 25 Apr 2011 8:32 PM
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    Michelle Austin wrote:
    Suzanne A wrote:
    Hi Angela,

    I make these all the time, they are yummy
    chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-chews_



    Hi Suzanne

    I had a look at your recipe linked above and I love the idea, but I loathe coconut.  It seems to be in just about every dextrose dessert recipe I've come across :-(

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute or a way I could make the chews without the coconut?

    Cheers
    Michelle


    Hi Michelle,

    I just made some more of the chocolate coconut peanut butter chews, but just to try it out, I keep a small amount of the chocolate mix and added it to some sugar free ricebubbles instead of using shredded coconut, they are nice, and they are chewy (in a soft way), so if you can eat ricebubbles they would be great for when you get a chocolate craving.  You will still have to keep in the fridge though, and they are not crunchy like chocolate crackles (where you use copha, I don't like to use copha because I am not sure if it has trans-fat) The ricebubbles I use are Abundant Earth Puffed Rice, you can get them in Woolworths in the healthy foods section. Add enough ricebubbles so that you have a sort of sloppy mix, the chocolate will not set by itself, I tried it, and it was still tacky days later.

  • 26 Apr 2011 6:31 AM
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    Suzanne A wrote:
    Michelle Austin wrote:
    Suzanne A wrote:
    Hi Angela,

    I make these all the time, they are yummy
    chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-chews_



    Hi Suzanne

    I had a look at your recipe linked above and I love the idea, but I loathe coconut.  It seems to be in just about every dextrose dessert recipe I've come across :-(

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute or a way I could make the chews without the coconut?

    Cheers
    Michelle


    Hi Michelle,

    I just made some more of the chocolate coconut peanut butter chews, but just to try it out, I keep a small amount of the chocolate mix and added it to some sugar free ricebubbles instead of using shredded coconut, they are nice, and they are chewy (in a soft way), so if you can eat ricebubbles they would be great for when you get a chocolate craving.  You will still have to keep in the fridge though, and they are not crunchy like chocolate crackles (where you use copha, I don't like to use copha because I am not sure if it has trans-fat) The ricebubbles I use are Abundant Earth Puffed Rice, you can get them in Woolworths in the healthy foods section. Add enough ricebubbles so that you have a sort of sloppy mix, the chocolate will not set by itself, I tried it, and it was still tacky days later.

    Hi Suzanne

    thank you so much for experimenting on my behalf!  I am very happy to hear about sugar-free rice bubbles - so I'll give it a go.

    Cheers
    Michelle
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